Ever feel like your laundry is out of control? So what's the trick to laundry management? Here are a few tips that may help if you find laundry to be a gruelling task.
1. Instead of waiting until the laundry baskets are totally full try doing a load every second night or so. Depending how much you sort your laundry this may not work for you but we find when the laundry pile is smaller it is easier to manage. If you have a young family try putting a load in just before getting the kids ready for bed. I find the wash cycle is done by the time bedtime routine is done (about an hour). Then throw it in the dryer right away. Here is the key step- commit to putting the laundry away before you get into bed. This smaller scaled system may make laundry not seem like such an overwhelming job.
2. OK so now for the folks that just laughed at the first tip. I get it, the idea of doing laundry every few days doesn't appeal to you. So try this if you have multiple people in your family. Do all your laundry in a single day. Throw the clean clothes in the middle of a bed. About 15 mins before bedtime have everyone head to the laundry pile. Have everyone make a pile on the bed with their own clothes. Designate one person to be in charge of the other household laundry like towels, dishcloths, etc. Once the laundry is done being distributed to the smaller piles have everyone put their own laundry away. You may need some patience with this as little ones might be just learning to put away clothes. They are skill building so it might not look pretty at first but they'll get the hang of it. And just remember the quicker they learn this skill, the sooner you don't have to do it for them! This method gets the family involved, gives you some family time together, and best of all the overwhelming pile of laundry gets put away much faster than with one person doing it by themselves.
I use both of these methods. Typically we use the first method. I found it easy to implement into our routine. However when we have a a busy week or have been away from the house for a few days, we all pitch in and use the second tip. They work well for us. Laundry does not need to be a laborious household task. I hope you find these tips helpful!